Game Recap: Hat Tricks 5, Watertown Wolves 6 in the Season Opener on the Road

by Doug Lattuca

WATERTOWN — The Hat Tricks put up a valiant effort on the road but fell 6-5 to the Watertown Wolves in a back-and-forth high-scoring season opener. The Wolves came back from two two-goal deficits, buried five power-play goals, and scored the final three tallies of the contest.

Things started off well for the Hat Tricks when their Captain Jonny Ruiz netted the opening goal at 10:19 of the first period assisted by defenseman Zach Pamaylaon.

Six minutes later, Ruiz was involved again, this time, setting up forward Nick DiNicola for the Hat Tricks’ second goal of the game at 16:34.

Down 2-0 with less than four minutes on the clock in the opening frame, Watertown stormed back and d-man Trevor Lord lead the way. The 25-year-old rattled off three straight goals within five minutes of each other. Lord buried one just 12 seconds after DiNicola’s goal and followed it up with a power-play score just 1:51 later. Lord wasn’t done, finding the back of the net on the man advantage again 1:12 into the second period.

Following three unanswered Watertown goals, the Hat Tricks flipped the script with three straight scores of their own. Pamaylaon tied the game at three 1:06 after Watertown’s go-ahead goal. 2:42 later, Lugo got his first of the year on the PP followed by DiNicola’s second score of the game just 35 seconds after.

The Hat Tricks wouldn’t score again though and the Wolves pounced with three consecutive power-play goals to close out the game, two from forward Tate Leeson and the game-winner off the stick of Lord.


The Hat Tricks are back in action tomorrow night in the Home Opener and Championship banner unveiling inside the Danbury Ice Arena at 7 p.m. versus Watertown.

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